I am passionate about uncovering pathways towards low-carbon development in support of climate change mitigation. This journey began during my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California where I studied environmental issues and international relations. As an environmental consultant, I had the opportunity to work on energy efficiency and sustainable development projects that serve citizens of the United States as well as those living in emerging economies.
I interned with the USDA Forest Service Conservation Education office in the summer of 2012 as a CAPAL intern in Washington, DC. My responsibilities included developing training to promote inter-generational workplace cohesion, securing grant funding for a local high school garden, and organizing volunteers for a tree planting event at the local high school. I also supported long-term environmental education program development.
My favorite memories of that summer include meeting the other CAPAL interns and sharing lunches on the lawn in front of the Washington Monument and attending the Washington Leadership Program in the Capitol. I am still in touch with several of the CAPAL interns I met in 2012, and it has been a joy to see how everyone’s professional lives have bloomed since. Additionally, I did not know when I first arrived in DC that AANHPI citizens were underrepresented in government, as politics and public service were not widely discussed in my community growing up, and it was inspiring to meet so many young people who were interested in starting public sector careers.
CAPAL introduced me to a great network of professionals and friends. One of my CAPAL mentors even coached me through landing my first full-time job. Overall, the internship program taught me a lot about social justice issues that affect AANHPIs and has helped me become a more vigilant and informed citizen.
In my graduate studies at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, I am researching energy access issues, renewable technologies, and project finance as a means to support projects and policies that facilitate increased renewable technologies deployment and slow the rate of carbon emissions entering the earth’s atmosphere.
I credit CAPAL for helping me understand AANHPI representation and distribution in the workforce, which in turn led me to become a more informed representative of our community. It is rewarding to give back to a network that helped me start my career working on environmental issues I cared about. I served as a mentor a few summers ago to a student who shared an interest in working in the environmental sector, and I hope to continue sharing whatever knowledge I’ve amassed over the years with future CAPAL scholars and interns.
Annie Guo is currently a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies where she is studying clean energy finance. Prior to her enrollment at Yale F&ES, she was a consultant at ICF from 2012-2016 supporting various federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for whom she managed the third-party certification component of the ENERGY STAR products program. She also was involved with several U.S. Agency for International Development projects evaluating opportunities around the world for energy efficiency improvements. An alum of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute’s (CELI) Fellowship Training Program, Annie volunteered with CELI to develop leadership training curriculum for future CELI Fellows. Annie holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and minor in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
A Kansas City native, Andrew received his B.A. in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University. Outside of the classroom he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association growing AAPI communities and working to to promote social justice for all. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed to facilitate an education in music. In 2015, Andrew served as a CAPAL intern first for the USDA Forest Service where he worked to create policies to combat climate change and later as a Programs Assistant for the Foreign Agriculture Service Cochran Program providing growing Eastern European and Eurasian economies with training opportunities within the U.S. Andrew has a passion for food and music so when he is not consuming delicious food he can often be found singing, playing instruments, and generally causing a ruckus.